Hammer (film)

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Directed by Bruce Clark
Produced by Al Adamson
Written by Charles Johnson
Starring Fred Williamson
Bernie Hamilton
Vonetta McGee
William Smith
Elizabeth Harding
Mel Stewart
Stack Pierce
Music by Solomon Burke
Cinematography Robert Steadman
Edited by George Folsey Jr.
Essaness Productions
Distributed by United Artists (1972, original)
MGM) (2004, DVD)
Olive Films (under license from MGM) (2015,Blu-Ray DVD)
Release date
  • September 20, 1972 (1972-09-20)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Hammer is a 1972 blaxploitation film directed by Bruce Clark. The film was released following the successes of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and Shaft, notable 1971 films that popularized black cinema. It starred Fred Williamson as B.J. Hammer. Williamson went on to become a staple of the genre.


B.J. Hammer is a boxer who rises up the ranks with help from the Mafia. However, Hammer doesn't realize that the help comes with a price: He is asked to throw a fight. Gangsters threaten to harm his girlfriend in an attempt to force him to go through with their plan. Hammer is forced to figure out a way to save his dignity and the life of his girlfriend, who has been kidnapped by gangsters.


Reception and legacy[edit]

The movie gained a positive reception.[1] "The Hammer" has become Williamson's official nickname, earned during his time playing professional football.[2] Williamson is also credited as playing "Hammer, the ladies man," in the 1980 martial arts film Fist of Fear, Touch of Death and as "The Hammer" in a 2006 direct-to-video release called Spaced Out.

Release on DVD & HD[edit]

  • In 2004 it was released on DVD
  • In 2010 it was digitized in High Definition (1080i) and broadcast on MGM HD.
  • In 2015 it was released on Blu-Ray DVD by Olive Films.


  1. ^ "37. Hammer (1972) — The 50 Best Blaxploitation Movies". Complex. 2013-07-28. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  2. ^ "fred williamson and blaxploitation films - Today's News: Our Take". TVGuide.com. 2004-01-21. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 

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